Netanyahu Censures UN, Obama over UNSC Settlements Resolutions

Israel has suspended its multimillion dollar contribution to a number of United Nations bodies and is reevaluating its relationship with the organization


Gaza, 25 Rabiul Awwal 1438/25 December 2016 (MINA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vented his spleen at UN and the US President Barack Obama’s Administration after passage of UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli illegal settlements in the West Bank, KUNA reported Saturday.

In a statement to reporters on a sidelines of a military veterans ceremony, Netanyahu said that has asked the Foreign Ministry to “reevaluate all of our ties to the UN within a month.”

He said he had already cut 30 million shekels (USD 7.8 million) in funding to five UN institutions.

“Five institutions that are particularly hostile towards Israel,” he explained.

He criticized former US president Jimmy Carter and the outgoing President Obama for breaching what he called a US commitment to defend Israel in the UN.

“You might remember that the last one to try to do that was (Jimmy) Carter, a particularly hostile president to Israel, who just recently said Hamas wasn’t a terror organization,” the prime minister said.

“Carter passed similar sweeping resolutions against us at the UN and that didn’t succeed either. We objected to it, and nothing happened.”



Complete contradition?

Netanyahu also accused the Obama administration of carrying out “a disgraceful anti-Israeli underhanded move at the UN.

“All of the US presidents after Carter met the American commitment not to try and dictate to Israel at the Security Council conditions for a final-status agreement. And yesterday, in complete contradiction of this commitment — including specific commitment made by President Obama himself in 2011.”

He assured Israelis that the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump has promised to take action against the UN and its resolution.

“They said they’ll go on an all-out-war against this resolution,” Netanyahu said.

“One such move could be passing legislation in the US that would “punish countries or organizations who try to hurt Israel. They say it includes the UN itself as well.

“We are entering a new era that, as President-elect Trump said yesterday, is coming much sooner than most think. In this new era, there will be a steep price to pay, a much steeper price to pay, for those who try to harm Israel. And this price will be exacted not just by the United States, but also by Israel.” (T/RS05/RS01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)